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05 Jul. 2016 Asian hedge funds joining 'platforms’ to bring down cost [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: As the hedge fund industry struggles with crumbling 2-and-20 fee model, Asian fund managers are riding a new bandwagon by joining a "platform" to help them cut costs by taking care of everything from hiring staff to handling compliance, reported
05 Jul. 2016 CTAs surge in June, up 5.2% (+2.1% YTD), hedge funds resilient [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The UK referendum outcome provided a major boost for CTAs while other strategies were relatively unscathed. The Lyxor CTA Broad Index gained 5.2% in June (+ 2.1% YTD), while the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was resilient amidst the market turmoil and was down -1.3% (-3.6
04 Jul. 2016 William Ackman lays off 10% of staff in his hedge fund firm [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Troubled hedge fund manager William Ackman has laid off 10% of his staff after his Pershing Square sustained double-digit losses this year, Reuters reported. The
04 Jul. 2016 Jack Schwager’s FundSeeder platform launches new set of trader indexes [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Jack Schwager's new online platform, designed to find undiscovered worldwide trading talent (FundSeeder), has launched a new set of indexes. FundSeeder chief research officer Jack Schwager said in a
01 Jul. 2016 AITEC and AIMA launch cyber security DDQ [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - AITEC and the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global representative for alternative asset managers, have launched a co-branded Illustrative Questionnaire for Due Diligence of Vendor Cyber Security. The DDQ has been created to streaml
01 Jul. 2016 APS Japan Alpha Fund outperforms benchmark in May with 0.86% gains [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The APS Japan Alpha Fund returned 0.86% in May compared to the TOPIX Net Index’s return of -0.70%, outperforming the benchmark by 1.56 percentage points. Year-to-date, the fund gained 1.77% gross, outperforming the index by 5.04 percentage points, reported Singapor
30 Jun. 2016 CTA performance solid following UK referendum result [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Societe Generale Prime Services’ CTA Indices confirm positive performance for CTA managers in the two full days of trading after the referendum results - Friday 24 June and Monday 27 June. In the immediate aftermath of the result on Friday, when falling marke
30 Jun. 2016 Global hedge fund assets back over $3 trillion in May [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge fund industry assets climbed above $3 trillion for the first time this year in May as investors continued allocating to hedge funds, according to eVestment’s May 2016 Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report released today. But at $3.014 billion, funds are barely abo
30 Jun. 2016 Emerging market-focused private equity funds reach record $297bn [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque London: The total assets held by private equity managers based in emerging markets (EM) have increased year-on-year to reach almost $300bn as of September 2015, following a slow growth through 2013 and 2014. This recent growth has been primarily based on an incr
30 Jun. 2016 Chesapeake Partners to liquidate hedge fund amidst 'hostile environment' [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Chesapeake Partners Management, the hedge fund run by woman fund manager Traci Lerner said it would return investors’ money after 25 years because the market environment has become "hostile" to manage other people’s money, reported
30 Jun. 2016 French private equity returns average 10% over 10 years [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque London: French private equity again outperformed all other major asset classes over the long term, including those with no risk, in an environment where returns have remained historically low for a long period of time. Since inception to the end of 2015, the as
30 Jun. 2016 Asian institutional investors eye broader focus on alternatives, target 'specialist investment strategies', hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Asian institutions are diversifying portfolios and seeking new sources of yield by shifting assets to more narrowly focused investment strategies, according to a new report by Greenwich Associates entitled,
30 Jun. 2016 Private equity real estate managers adapting to high level of dry powder [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque London: The strong returns in recent years have led to strong fundraising in the private equity real estate market. Meanwhile, it is becoming harder for fund managers to find real value, according to a report by Preqin
29 Jun. 2016 Hedge funds mitigate losses from Brexit’s 'intense volatility' [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund managers navigated intense volatility as the historic Brexit vote resulted in massive dislocations across global currency, equity, commodity and fixed income markets, with positioning across the British pound sterling, equities and gold mitigated losses,
29 Jun. 2016 Who are the investors investing over $1bn in hedge funds? [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Research company Preqin has examined the largest investors that are currently active in hedge funds – those with $1bn or more allocated to hedge fund investments ("$1bn Club"). Collectively, this pool of investors allocates vast sums of capital to the hedge fund sec
29 Jun. 2016 Alaska’s Permanent Fund gets out of funds of funds, builds in-house team to select hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The $53bn wealth fund Alaska’s Permanent Fund Division on Tuesday said it would pull-out its entire $2bn portfolio in funds of hedge funds and instead manage the money in-house, reported
28 Jun. 2016 Pavilion Financial Corporation to acquire Altius Holdings Ltd. [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Pavilion Financial Corporation (Pavilion), a North American based employee-owned, investment services firm, has announced that it plans to acquire Altius Holdings Ltd., the parent company of Altius Associates Ltd. and Altius Associates (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. (Altius Assoc
28 Jun. 2016 Some of the hedge funds that benefit from the Brexit turmoil [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque London: After the UK voted to leave the European Union on 23 June, hedge funds who either shorted UK stocks, bought bonds, shorted the British pound or capitalised on volatility benefited.
28 Jun. 2016 Study shows behavioral analysis supplements hedge funds due diligence process [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A new white paper by privately owned investment advisory firm TeamCo Advisers, LLC, showed that behavioral analysis can serve as a meaningful supplement to the hedge fund due diligence process, potentially exp
28 Jun. 2016 Greenwich Associates strengthens global investment practice [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Greenwich Associates said it plans to strengthen its Global Investment Management Practice with two key hires and the appointment of new regional heads in Asia and Europe. Markus Ohlig is returning to Greenwich Associates as a managing director leading the firm’
28 Jun. 2016 Citadel hires Morgan Stanley's Lieblich as CTO of the hedge fund business [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Citadel has hired Steven Lieblich as Chief Technology Officer of Citadel’s hedge fund business. Lieblich was most recently Morgan Stanley’s Chief Information Officer. Lieblich will report to Citadel’s Founder and CEO Kenneth C. Griffin, and will join the firm th
27 Jun. 2016 Hedge funds resilient in front of rude Brexit awakening [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The leave camp won in the historic EU referendum and the decision rattled markets. The UK has voted by 51.9% to 48.1% to leave the EU. The referendum turnout was 71.8%, the highest at a UK election since 1992. The long term implications of the vote are expected to be mass
27 Jun. 2016 Brexit will have long lasting impact on financial markets, global growth [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund veteran Donald A. Steinbrugge, managing partner at Agecroft Partners, said that the Brexit would have a long lasting impact on the financial markets and global growth because the uncertainty of
27 Jun. 2016 Australian regulator finds Macquarie Investment liable for van Eyk’s fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Australian market regulator Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) said it has commenced proceedings against Macquarie Investment Management Ltd (MIML) as the responsible entity of the van Eyk Blueprint In
24 Jun. 2016 New Greenwich Associates study assesses efforts to bring blockchain to capital markets [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Financial service firms and technology providers around the world will spend more than $1 billion in 2016 in the race to bring blockchain to capital markets, according to a new report from Greenwich Associates. Financial service firms believe that blockchain (also ref
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